UMES EARNS TOP SEED AFTER DAY ONE OF MEAC CHAMPIONSHPS
March 22, 2013
CHESAPEAKE, Va. - The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Women's Bowling Championships kicked off today at AMF Lanes in Chesapeake, Va. and to no surprise the two-time defending NCAA Champion Lady Hawks earned the top seed with a perfect 5-0 mark.
The No.3 ranked University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) dominated the eight-team field in the traditional team-game format, picking up wins over all four southern division schools and Morgan State from the north. They will face that same Lady Bear team tomorrow morning in match one. Morgan State earned the eight-seed with a 3,982 pinfall.
In contrast the Hawks tallied an impressive 4,967 over its five games, averaging just under 1,000 per match.
They opened up with Bethune-Cookman, the team that eliminated the Hawks in the semi-finals of last year's MEAC Championships. Getting a little revenge for that defeat the Hawks topped the Wildcats 918-846 and got a 200 from MEAC Player of the Year Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) while All-MEAC selection Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) did her seven better with a 207.
Match two saw the Hawks top 1,000 for the first time on the day with a 1028-933 win over Florida A&M. Ramirez got hot, posting a 255 while Buja stayed that way with a 225. Valentina Collazos (Cali, Colombia) subbing in for game two tallied a solid 213.
In the third match UMES exploded for an 1144, topping North Carolina A&T by almost 300 pins as they tallied an 847. Four of the five Hawks were over 200 with Buja leading the charge with a 258, besting Collazos by a pin with a 257. MEAC First-Team selection T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) picked up her game tossing a 232 while All-MEAC selection Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) posted a 202. Ramirez bowled her only game under 200 on the day, but just by five pins, posting a 195.
Game four saw Alvarado lead the charge with a 218 while Ramirez tossed a 203 and Buja a 201 in a 975-873 win over No. 11 Norfolk State. Game five was more closer as UMES posted their lowest game of the day, a 902-871 win over Morgan State. Ramirez stayed over the two century mark with a 202. Buja fell below for the first time on the day.
"We threw the ball well today," said head coach Kristina Frahm. "I am pleased with the outing, we need to come out even stronger tomorrow and earn a place in the finals."
Overall Ramirez took second place, averaging an even 211. Buja was right behind her in third to average a 209.4. Alvarado was 11th with a 189 average and Falbo a13th with a 186.
Collazos, who bowled just four games, was on fire, averaging a 208.25 which was the fourth highest average at the event behind her teammates Ramirez and Buja.
No. 18 ranked Delaware State qualified second with a 4-1 mark and a 4,772 pinfall, almost 200 pins behind the Hawks. They will meet the seventh seeded Hampton University Pirates (4,192). Florida A&M earned the third seed (4,525), followed by North Carolina A&T (4,417) in fourth. Defending MEAC Champion Norfolk State qualified fifth (4,402) and Bethune-Cookman took sixth (4,270).
NCAT faces Norfolk State and FAMU will face Bethune-Cookman to open the day. Matches begin at 8:20 a.m. with teams bowling in a best-of-seven Baker series in a double-elimination bracket.
Sunday will feature the semi-final round at 10:00 a.m. and conclude with the championship finale at approximately 11:45 a.m. That match will be recorded and aired via tape-delay by ESPNU on Monday, April 1 at 10:30 p.m.
Admission to the Championships is free and open to the public.